Art Journal: Believe

Welcome February!!! We are getting one step closer to Spring!!!

I’m back with another Art Journal page. Last month I showed you some light collage by layering papers and a few elements on my page. This month I’d like to introduce you to adding some paints and texture to your collage.

I started out with torn pages from some old books and glued them down using a glue stick. I added a little bit of white gesso over top to diffuse the papers and to create a cloudy effect.

Art Journal page, mixed medium

Next, I used Texture Paste with a couple stencils to add texture to the papers. The next step is something I think is important, I used Clear Gesso over everything to “even the field”. The clear gesso allows the print of the papers to show through while coating everything so it has the same surface. This allows the paints to behave the same over the entire piece. If I didn’t use it, the papers might absorb the paints a little too much and peel without a protective coating.


The paint I used is Dylusions Chopped Pesto and Polished Jade which I’ve applied using a baby wipe. Dyan Reaveley taught me this, it’s one of the easiest ways to add paint to create a background. Once you’re done with your backgrounds allow it to dry. I’ve used the Tim Holtz Feather Duo and Simon Says Stamp Believe die to decorate my page.


I filmed a full process video which you can view below or on our YouTube Channel HERE. I hope you enjoy!


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  1. Absolutely love this! I am so glad this series has started. I have been wanting to learn art journaling and mixed media techniques for a long time. And this is the perfect training ground!

  2. Beautiful colors! I’ve seen several things lately that were made using the Dylusions paints and I’m very intrigued.

  3. You are so elegant, and your work is a reflection of it! I am your fan! Love each piece you create. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Really lovely. I really like the colours that you used. Maybe you should write a handbook for art journalers, with tips and tricks you use!

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